Health briefs: Magruder offering free colorectal health screen kits in March

Press Staff Writer

        In observance of National Colorectal Awareness Month, Magruder Hospital is offering free take-home colorectal health screening kits available from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby throughout March.
        The take-home kits are a basic screen for blood in the stool, which could be a sign of several colorectal health issues. A colonoscopy, which is an outpatient screening procedure, is more widely accepted as the screening that is most effective for early detection of colorectal polyps and cancer.
        For more information on the colorectal health screening kits, call Rachel Fall, Magruder Director of Community Outreach & Physician Recruitment, at 419-732-4061.
        MS support group
        A Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will begin meeting again in the Magruder Conference Center on the second Tuesday each month at 6 p.m. The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 14. For more information, call 419-607-6021.
        Free shoulder screening
        Free shoulder screenings will be offered Friday, March 31 from 1-3 p.m. at the Magruder Hospital Orthopedic Clinic.
        The screening will include an x-ray, consultation with an orthopedic nurse practitioners or orthopedic surgeon and a chance to meet with a physical therapist and have other questions answered about post-surgical needs participants might have.
        The Magruder Orthopedic Clinic is located at 611 Fulton St., Suite G, Port Clinton, Suite G.  Appointments for this screening are required and may be made by calling 419-732-4061.
ProMedica Toledo Hospital
Stroke Team seeking votes
        The ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team has a chance to be nationally recognized with a 2023 Stroke Hero Award, a recognition given by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
        Selected to compete in the Voters’ Choice Hero category, which honors an individual or group making an outstanding effort to educate, inspire and raise awareness about stroke, the Stroke Team is requesting help from the public to win the award.
        The ProMedica Toledo Hospital Stroke Team is dedicated to supporting patients in and out of the hospital through community education, stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment, research and follow-up care. The group has expanded its reach to make an impact at both a national and international level. Activities include the BE FAST 5K Run/Walk, which increases stroke awareness and raises money for stroke survivors with a financial need. Advocacy efforts have resulted in enhanced local and state EMS protocols and a stroke reporting law.
        The Stroke Hero Awards are awarded annually to honor individuals and groups in the stroke community who have shown resilience and outstanding progress when it comes to overcoming stroke, the No. 5 killer and leading cause of disability in the United States.  Those who have had a stroke often must overcome physical, emotional, and cognitive changes to move forward to do so requires strength and support.
        Public voting takes place March 8-22. Vote online at A valid email address is required to vote. Voters can vote once every 24 hours over the two-week window.
        For more information, visit
Mercy Health scheduling mobile mammograms
        Mercy Health mobile mammography unit will visit a number of locations throughout the region in March.
        The mobile mammography unit delivers mammograms to women age 40 and older. It is equipped with the newest 3D technology and offers patients the option of self-compression, meaning the patient will have the ability to control the compression once they are in position.
        Scheduled stops include:
        • Thursday, March 16 – Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care & Walk-in, 1103 Village Square, Perrysburg.
        • Friday, March 17 – Mercy Health - Waterville Primary Care, 1222 Pray Boulevard.
        • Mondays, March 20 and 27 – Progressive Wellness Medical Office Building, 7640 West Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
        • Wednesdays, March 22 and 29 – Mercy Health – Starbright Primary Care, 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg.
        • Friday, March 24 – Oak Street Health – Toledo Northside Clinic, 553 East Manhattan Boulevard, Toledo.
        • Friday, March 31 – Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center, Heart & Vascular Institute, 2222 Cherry St., Toledo.        
        To view the full list of dates and locations, visit
        While mammogram screenings may be covered by insurance, for best coverage, please verify if Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital is an in-network provider with your insurance carrier. Financial need-based assistance programs are available to help those who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles). Call 419-696-5839 for more information.
        Screenings at the Mercy Health Mobile Mammography unit are by appointment only - call 833-MAMM-VAN to schedule your screening on the mobile unit.
        Certified radiologists read all mammograms.
Ability Center Lunch & Learn
        The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania, is offering a lunch and learn on Ohio STABLE accounts Thursday, March 30 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
         A STABLE account provides:
        • Nationwide enrollment for individuals with disabilities.
        • Tax-free savings for disability-related expenses.
        • The ability to save and invest without losing needs-based benefits.
        To register or for more information, visit


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